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Best-performing schools in NSC exams hailed by portfolio committee on basic education

Bonile Khanyi

The Portfolio Committee on Basic Education has expressed its appreciation and satisfaction with the schools that have continued to perform well in the National Senior Certificate exams.

This comes after the committee concluded its visit to the Bohlabela Education District in Mpumalanga on Wednesday where it visited several schools over three days, according to a statement issued by the parliamentary communication services on behalf of the committee chairperson, Nomalungelo Gina.

Gina pointed to how well the class of 2017 performed by highlighting the case of Magigwana Secondary School which obtained a 100% pass rate in Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Business studies despite having a large enrolment.

“This is highly commendable. It is a best practice model that should be replicated by other schools,” said Gina.

She also gave thanks to the educators and learners of Moses Mnisi Secondary school where four of the five grades obtained 100% pass rates and the Grade 12 learners who obtained a 99.3% pass rate for the 2017 NSC examinations.

“In both cases, strong leadership was demonstrated. This was coupled with good support from the Senior Management Teams at the schools, other teachers, the School Governing Bodies and involvement of parents. Learner discipline has also been found to be of a high standard at good performing school,” said Gina.

Meanwhile, the committee issued a stern warning to the schools who have not been performing well and appealed to the school’s educators to prioritise the learners’ needs.

“It is important that teaching and learning should take place. All other issues are secondary but should be ironed out to ensure the existence of conducive environment for teaching and learning at schools,” said Gina.

“These young learners are our future, the future of the country. We have to ensure that they are properly educated.”

The Committee also appealed to education authorities to assist and monitor those schools to ensure that they meet their potential.

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